Conference: Alternative Narratives of the Middle East

October 17, 2015
Columbia University
New York City, NY, United States

The event will highlight best practices and offer guidance to journalists and journalism students on covering the region in ways that move beyond the recurring conflict motifs to reveal the diversity and complexity of world views and lived experiences of those in the region.

The conference will be comprised of two morning panel discussions with journalists and journalism educators and an evening event (6-9 pm) with a panel discussion and concert with the renowned Lebanese indie band, Mashrou' Leila.

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Journalism School Dean of Students Office, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma and the Middle East Institute of Columbia University.

Click here to RSVP for the morning sessions.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Mashrou' Leila evening event.

Speakers include:

Nina Ansary, PhD, Writer/Historian/Expert on women in Iran

Sheila Coronel, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia Journalism School

Nahed Eltantawy, PhD, Associate Professor of Journalism, High Point University

Shahira Fahmy, PhD, Professor of Journalism, University of Arizona

Lonnie Isabel, Special Lecturer, Columbia Journalism School

Alia Malek, '06, Senior Writer, Al Jazeera America

Souad Mekhennet, Correspondent, The Washington Post; ZDF TV

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, '07, Correspondent/Producer, VICE


9:00 - 10:30 am
Beyond Perpetrators & Victims of Violence
Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hearing their voices: Coverage of women in the Middle East
Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall

6:00 - 9:00 pm
Mashrou' Leila: Art as a voice of change
Miller Theater 
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